This is the Landscape publications section. Here you can find all publications, reports and presentations for this heritage area of interest.
Proposals for Ireland’s Landscapes (2010)
This document reflects new ideas regarding how we might manage, plan and conserve Ireland’s landscape into the future. It is based on the work of the Heritage Council and many of its Irish and European partners in seeking, over a ten-year period, to promote the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (ELC). The Convention offers us a new way of thinking about our landscape - one that places people, and their active participation in shaping their landscape, in a central position. The proposals made in this paper are not about freezing the development of the Irish landscape. Instead, they seek to manage change in a proactive, informed and inclusive manner.
Click here to download Proposals for Ireland’s Landscapes 2010 [PDF 4MB]
Click here to download the Summary Document - Proposals for Ireland’s Landscapes 2010 [PDF 3.2MB]
The Irish Landscape 2009 Conference Papers (2009)
The timing of the 2009 Landscape Conference and the publication of these papers could not be better. In the current economic climate it allows us to consider how others in Europe and beyond have faced up to the challenges of living in, planning for and managing their landscapes. It also allows us to consider how agencies in Ireland that oversee or encourage uses of the landscape view those activities in a wider landscape context. Furthermore it provides a platform for individuals and communities that have taken initiatives in the absence of any overall strategy for the Irish landscape to share their experience, their successes and their failures.
Papers from 2009 Landscape Conference (PDF 13.8MB)
Landscape Character Assessment in Ireland: Baseline Audit & Assessment Update (2009)
Minogue and Associates were commissioned by the Heritage Council to update the LCA Baseline Audit and Evaluation report published in 2006. The aim of this report is to provide a factual update of research set out in Section 3 of the 2006 Baseline Report (only). The same full and detailed review, consultation and analysis undertaken for the Baseline Report has not been undertaken for this research.
Download Landscape Character Assessment in Ireland: Update on Baseline Audit & Evaluation (November 2009) [PDF 145KB].
The Voice on the Ground: A Survey of the needs of Burren Farm Families (2009)
Published by Burren Beo Trust with support of the Heritage Council. Given that farmers own and manage the majority of land in the Burren, Burrenbeo Trust are very clear that farmers have a critical role to play in the conservation of the Burren. In practice however, many of the decisions in relation to the Burren have been taken at a distance from the area and its farmers. Burrenbeo Trust believed that it was time to actively seek out the voices of the farming community.
They enlisted the support of the Burren IFA to work with them and develop the research objectives collectively. Once the funding was in place Burrenbeo recruited the services of a researcher to develop, pilot and analyse the findings of the survey. The researcher (Dr. Kathy Walsh) was officially appointed in January 2009.
Download The Voice on the Ground: A Survey of the Needs of Burren Farm Families [PDF 1MB].
Download The Voice on the Ground: Foreward [PDF 1MB].
Download The Voice on the Ground: Executive Summary [PDF 43KB].
Landscape Character Assessment of Co. Clare (2004)
This study built upon an earlier pilot study undertaken by the same team in 1999 that sought to investigate the suitability of using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as a basis for landscape character assessment. The pilot study essentially assessed the currently available digital data relating to landscape such as geology, land cover, natural and cultural designations. The study sought to develop landscape types using only the GIS system.
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